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Project MUSE is an online database of more than 600 academic journals and 36,000 ebooks in the humanities and social sciences. The content in Project MUSE represents over 200 university presses and scholarly societies globally. For more details, see their website (and their list of Book publishers and Journals).

Project MUSE is offering 200 free accounts to all its published content to help write Wikipedia content related to a wide variety of topics. Wikipedia editors may apply for access to Project MUSE; their account will be valid for a period of one year.

Note that Project MUSE supports alumni access to both its book and journal content. Please check if alumni access applies to you. MUSE also supports a number of Shibboleth federations, including the U.S.


  • You have an account that is a minimum of 6 months old
  • You have a minimum of 500 edits to the encyclopedia
  • You do not already have access to this resource through another library or institution
  • You have made at least 10 edits to Wikimedia projects in the last month
  • You are not currently blocked from editing Wikipedia

If you don't quite meet the experience requirements but think you would still be a strong candidate for access, feel free to apply and you may be considered


Approved editors may

  • Search, view, retrieve, and display portions of restricted content;
  • Electronically save portions of restricted content;
  • Print out single copies of portions of restricted content;

Approved editors will not

  • Share their account logins or passwords with others, or sell their access to other parties
  • Mass scrape or mass download Project MUSE content
  • Systematically make printed or electronic copies of multiple extracts of restricted content available for any purpose.
  • Datamine metadata without permission, in order, for instance, to use metadata for auto-created stub articles.
  • Violate any terms and conditions which appear on the particular pages of the Project MUSE website they are accessing.

Private and confidential information

  • By applying to the Program, you understand and agree that your name and email address may be shared with representatives of the Wikimedia Foundation, The Wikipedia Library, and Project MUSE. Wikipedia Library organizers contracted under the Wikimedia Foundation will abide by the Wikimedia Foundation privacy policy and associated confidentiality agreements. Volunteer representatives of the Wikipedia Library are neither employees nor contractors of the Wikimedia Foundation (or Project MUSE), but they have signed confidentiality agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation with regards to the personal information they may handle for the Wikipedia Library.


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  • Editors should always provide original citation information in addition to linking to Project MUSE resources.
  • Editors should not provide bare links to restricted Project MUSE pages
  • Note (subscription required) in the citation, where appropriate
  • Respect the copyright of Project MUSE, in accordance with Wikipedia's copyright policy and their terms of use
  • Cite resources in line with the citation examples provided below or with the examples provided by Project MUSE
Note that citation styles vary by article; editors can use the style most appropriate to the articles they are working with so long as the citations are complete.


<ref> {{cite journal |title=Bowling alone: America's declining social capital|authors= Putnam, Robert|url=|year=1995|journal=Journal of Democracy|volume=6|issue=1|pages=65–78|subscription=yes|via=[[Project MUSE]]}}</ref>

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